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Pestana Kruger Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Malelane
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“Amazing Place to start and or end your stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2007

Pestana Kruger was an amazing place. For the price it's unbeatable if you're unable to enter the park depending on arrival time. When you leave the park it's a great place to end and wind down before travel back to the states or Jo'Berg or Cape Town. I was upgraded to the suites, the dinner was fabulous, the location was great and the service was wonderful. Internet access, parking and lodging was superior. Food was excellent. I recommend the kingclip fish.

The rooms and lodge are in excellent condition. It's very romantic but also a nice place to end the trip. Very refreshing and within 500 yards of one of the main entrance gates to kruger national park.

  • Liked — Location and View
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled solo
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2007

We stayed 3 nights at Pestana. Our friends had a standard room which was not very nice, so we were happy that we had booked a luxury room. The room was quite spacious and had a view over the Korkodile River, where we saw krokodiles the whole day, and at one point lots of elephants. The bathroom needed a revamp, and also the carpet was full of marks. The matrass was very good, and the linen as well, but the duvet was very thin and did not feel nice.
There is aircon in every room, as well as TV, minibar and hair-dryer, even the standard rooms.
Breakfast was all right, if something was finished they didn't refill, and there was only 1 tiny fruit salad in a region that has so many fresh fruits to offer.
Service was very good, the staff was very friendly and helpful.
In the restaurant, they switched the aircon on heating when it was hot, and on cooling when it was cold, and it was quite difficult to make them understand how it was supposed to work.
The food was above expectation, we didn't eat from the buffet, although it looked quite nice. The a la carte menu was very good with great salads. Wine list was very disappointing, only 3 wines.
The cushions at the swimming pool where far beyond their time, as the inside came out of their covers.
There is a computer with internet in the reception room for guests free of use, and they also have wireless internet if you have your laptop with you.
I would recommend Pestana especially to people with children, and I would probably return.
Pestana is less than 1 km. from the Kruger Park entrance gate, so keep in mind that you have to pay your daily entrance fee (R30 per person for south africans and R120 p.p. for overseas).

  • Liked — View from the room and the closeness to the entrance
  • Disliked — the bathroom
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Pestana Kruger Lodge

Property: Pestana Kruger Lodge
Address: R570 Riverside Road | 150 meters from Malelane Gate, Kruger National Park, Malelane 1320, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Malelane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Malelane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Kruger Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Graded TGCSA 4-star, Pestana Kruger Lodge is situated 700 meters away from Malelane Gate, the most southern entrance to the Kruger National Park. The Lodge is surrounded by 22ha of indigenous gardens and bush with magnificent views of the Crocodile River, which forms the border with the Kruger National Park. Accommodation comprises 74 well-appointed rooms, all with modern facilities. The Lodge is a great choice for families wanting a relaxing holiday in the African bush. ... more   less 
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